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Obama Caricature Watch

11:37 AM, May 3, 2008 • By DEAN BARNETT
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Commentary's Jennifer Rubin noted this Michelle Obama gem from the Obamas' appearance on The Today Show this week:

The fundamental changes that he has made in just 15 months in the way people see themselves, the way people see their futures, the way young people are looking at their possibilities, the way we're talking about politics, even though we slip sometimes and we still get pulled down into the old ways of playing the political game - changes have happened. And it makes every challenge, every frustration, worth it.

As Rubin notes, "Even for the Obamas, the arrogance is quite striking." Nevertheless, just this once, I'm going to take a swig of the Kool-Aid: I can't wait until golf season when Barack Obama will personally shave three strokes off my handicap!

Exit thought: Do the Obamas really believe their own self-aggrandizing hype? How you answer that question probably corresponds with how concerned you are over the prospect of an Obama administration. If Obama truly believes that just his magnificent presence would by itself have a dramatic transformative effect on the world, then an Obama presidency would make us nostalgic for the good old days of the Carter administration. If, on the other hand, it's all just a shtick sort of like his "outrage" over Jeremiah Wright, then Obama's merely a disingenuous politician, and we've survived lots of those.